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Parachute in and Gather Around at the Library

A look at this weekend's activities for children and families in the Madison area.

Summer's never boring when you've got Patch to help plan your schedule! Want to be entertained? Check out an array of concerts and plays. Looking to do a little shopping al fresco? There's a farmers market on tap. Thirsting for knowledge? Drop in on an assortment of educational and historical exhibits. The only question is, how to make time to fit it all in!


Where/When:
 From 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Friday at the .
Why Go: 
Because kids can have fun on Friday moving, playing and singing around a giant rainbow-colored parachute.
Pricing:
 Free.


Where/When:
 At 11 a.m. on Thursday at in Morris Township.
Why Go:
Because the band will play some of your kids' favorite songs.
Price:
$12.


Where/When:
 At 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at in Morris Township.
Why Go:
Because Dewar MacLeod, professor at William Paterson University, and Claudia Ocello, project coordinator for the Jersey Rocks exhibition, will talk about the role of rock and roll clubs in the Garden State.
Price:
$10.


Where/When:
 From 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at the .
Why Go: 
Because the Chatham Brass, made up of members of the Chatham Community Band, will be performing music from the roaring '20s.
Pricing:
 Free.


Where/When:
 At 11 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at in Morristown.
Why Go:
To enjoy great live music.
Price:
No cover.


Where/When:
 At 11 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at in Morris Township.
Why Go:
Because this exhibit, inspired by a collection of rare books at the arboretum, will focus on the roll of medical botanies during the Civil War.
Price:
Free.


Where/When:
 From 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursday and Sunday at in Morristown.
Why Go:
Because you’re interested in seeing more than 30 holiday images by Thomas Nast including paintings, pen and ink drawings, printer’s proofs and engravings.
Price:
Adults, $6; Seniors and students, $5; Members and children under 12, free.


Where/When:
 From 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursday and Sunday at in Morristown.
Why Go:
Because the exhibit focuses on the three centers of American silver-making in the 18th century—featuring Boston, New York and Philadelphia silversmiths and exploring the master/apprentice relationships.
Price: Admission is $6 Adults; $5 Seniors & Students; 12 and under and museum members are free.


Where/When:
 At 7 p.m. on Friday at the  in Morris Township.
Why Go:
Because the concert will feature artists Sammy and the Del-larks, Quiet Storm, Joe Z, and Bobby Thomas’s Tribute to the Orioles.
Price:
$25.


When/Where:
At 7:05 p.m. on Friday at in Bridgewater.
Why Go:
To celebrate the spirit of Christmas early by bringing a new unwrapped toy and receive a ticket voucher to enjoy a future game. Come early, the first one thousand fans also receive a T-Shirt.
Pricing:
$7 to $13.50 per ticket.


When/Where: At 6:30 p.m. on Friday at Bears and Eagles Riverfront Stadium in Newark.
Why Go:
To watch Hillsborough High School graduate Eric Eden take the mound as the starting pitcher in the Newark Bears game against Brockton Rox. A portion of proceeds will benefit lifelong resident of Hillsborough, guidance counselor, and HHS head boys basketball coach Ian Progin as he fights against brain cancer.
Pricing:
$10 per ticket.


Where/When:
 At 8 a.m. on Saturday at .
Why Go:
Because starting off your Saturday with a pleasant 20-mile bike ride sounds like a great idea.
Price:
Free.


Where/When:
 From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at The Merchant Block of Morris Plains.
Why Go:
You can pick up some homemade mozzarella and ravioli, freshly baked bread and some of New Jersey's best cheesecakes.
Pricing:
 Bring your wallet.


Where/When:
 From 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday at the in Morristown.
Why Go:
 Because this historic walking tour covers nearly a mile within Morristown’s historic district covering more than 300 years of Morristown history.
Price:
$10.


Where/When:
 At 4:30 p.m. on Saturday at in Morristown.
Why Go:
Because a Saturday evening of enjoying this Shakespeare classic on the outdoor stage sounds like a great plan.
Price:
$33 adults, $17 children.


Where/When:
 From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday at Railroad Plaza and Fairmont Avenue in Chatham.
Why Go:
To get some of the best Jersey Fresh produce, Jersey Shore seafood, pasture-raised meat, poultry and eggs, honey, baked goods, fresh mozzarella, specialty prepared foods of all kinds, and more. The market will also have cooking demonstrations.
Pricing:
Bring your wallet.


When/Where:
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at Rutgers Gardens School of Environmental and Biological Sciences in New Brunswick.
Why Go:
Because the festival is packed with events for all ages. Lectures, children's activities, and a garden tour of spectacular plantings. Those ages 21 and older may enjoy raising a glass with friends at the Wine Garden
tasting.
Pricing:
Rutgers Gardens members are admitted free. Other adults, $5. Children under 13, free. There's a $10 separate gate fee for the wine tasting for attendees 21 and older.

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